Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Back to (Hockey) School

The Penguins held their annual summer hockey school sessions at the Robert Morris Island Sports Complex on Monday, August 20, 2007. The coaching staff of the Penguins offered professional hockey training to more than 150 kids (some who traveled all the way from Montreal!). Those kids got the surprise of their young lives I'm sure when an unexpected visitor showed up:
Penguins star Sidney Crosby made an unannounced visit that shocked some of the players to the extent that some actually fell over trying to get a look at him as he stepped onto the ice. During the two-hour session, Crosby worked with several groups ranging in age from 5 to 16 and posed for on-ice group photos.

"It was just nice for me to have the opportunity to go out there," Crosby said. "I remember when I went to hockey schools and how fun it was for me when I'd see guys I looked up to or followed."

Crosby wasn't the only member of the Penguins' organization on hand. Owner Mario Lemieux, general manager Ray Shero, assistant general manager Cliff Fletcher and coach Michel Therrien all had children participate on the first day of the weeklong camp, but it was Crosby who stole the show by just being there.

Lemieux and Shero had their own children attending the event, but even they didn't know that a guest instructor was coming to help with the training! Some photos of the event follow:

Saint Sid Signing Autographs

Sid helps Mites goaltender Nico Pidro (Pens' Assistant Coach Mike Yeo is in the background)

Sid works with Mites goaltender Alan McIvor

Pens' Assistant Coach Mike Yeo (left) and Sid instruct the kids

The article also makes note that Crosby hasn't really had an opportunity to test his foot on the ice. (You'll recall that it was revealed that his foot was broken just before the start of the playoffs.) With only 23 days until training camp begins, "he is not concerned that his injury or conditioning will be an issue." He is expected to spend this week in Nova Scotia preparing for next week's return to Pittsburgh, and his plans are to ease himself back into skating during training camp.

You may have noticed the changes to the blogroll on TSCS. If you did, you also noticed that 12 of the NHL teams do not have any links. If your team doesn't have a link and you know a good blog worthy of mentioning, feel free to submit it to us!

Special thanks to the staff at ThePensblog.com for giving me permission to steal their idea for organizing the blogs into the NHL divisions!!! :)

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